Dwane leads the way in first race of fell season

TWENTY nine Todmorden Harriers took part in the first race of the club’s 2012 Fell Championship on Sunday.

The seven-mile race from Penistone Hill Country Park near Haworth attracted nearly 400 runners despite cold and breezy conditions.

The course features three stream crossings and several climbs adding up to 1,200 feet of ascent.

Dwane Dixon led the way for the Harriers in 14th place in 50:21, with John Lloyd a minute behind in 21st position.

Marcel Ellison was next over the line holding off a challenge from Paul Brannigan.

Hatty Nylan was the first Todmorden lady in 1:07:27, just ahead of Mel Blackhurst.

Todmorden Results: 14 Dwane Dixon 50:21; 21 John Lloyd 51:37; 59 Marcel Ellison 57:26; 62 Paul Brannigan 57:54; 95 Darren Tweed 1:00:44; 126 Simon Galloway 1:03:18; 137 Kevin Booth 1:04:18; 143 Darren Graham 1:04:38; 177 Joe Daniels 1:07:26; 178 Hatty Nylan 1:07:27; 179 Andy Glyde 1:07:34; 184 Mel Blackhurst 1:07:55; 190 Richard Leonard 1:08:44; 206 Derek Donohue 1:09:56; 228 Chris Preston 1:11:30; 262 Jane Leonard 1:14:29; 266 Elise Milnes 1:15:06; 279 Helen Hodgkinson 1:16:20; 282 Richard Blakeley 1:16:27; 287 Ray Poulter 1:17:07; 288 John Preston 1:17:08; 290 Helen Wilson 1:17:15; 291 John Medcalfe 1:17:19; 295 Sue Roberts 1:17:35; 315 David Leslie 1:20:27; 321 Graham Milnes 1:22:06; 325 David Wilson 1:22:39; 328 Peter Ehrhardt 1:23:04; 331 Mandy Goth 1:23:49.

Also on Sunday, Robin Tuddenham finished 38th of the 1,700 runners at the Brass Monkey Half Marathon in York completing the 13.1 miles in 1:18:50.

Several Harriers had warmed up on Saturday with The Hebden, a 22-mile route from St Michaels Church Hall in Mytholmroyd via valleys around Hebden Bridge passing through Hardcastle Crags, Colden Clough and Cragg Vale.

Paul Hobbs was the first Todmorden man in three hours 43 minutes, closely followed by Darren Graham and Ozzy Kershaw.

Bev Holmes was the first Todmorden lady in four hours 25 minutes.

Todmorden Results: 19 Paul Hobbs 03:43; 24 Darren Graham 03:45; 28 Ozzy Kershaw 03:48; 42 Phil Hodgson 04:05; 64 Bev Holmes 04:25; 144 Julie Wyant 05:42; 145 Elise Milnes 05:42; 170 Chris Drinkwater 07:05.

Tackling the shorter 14.5 mile route, Clive Greatorex was second to finish in two hours and 42 minutes with Chris Preston seventh in three hours 10 minutes and Sue Roberts 21st in three hours 32 minutes.